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Old 10-02-2011, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Since those of us posting here have to use a computer to do so, we may not be completely representative of seniors, especially of older seniors. I am wondering how many people you know personally who do not have
1. Email
2. A cell phone
3. An ATM card
My mother, who died six years ago at age 90, stubbornly resisted any move in that direction and had none of the three. I currently know three people who do not have email, ages approximately 65, 78, and 90. Except for the 90-year-old, an aunt, I am wondering how unusual this is. Even the homeless could have email and use a public library for access to it.

This is sort of a poll without the actual poll. I didn't set up a poll because I thought the various permutations - what older people don't have and their ages - would be a little too complex to encompass in a poll. Please feel free to expand your answers beyond the three items I listed if you think it makes sense in order to discuss this topic.
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I am still a pretty young senior, but just saying no seems pretty attractive to me. I am computer savy and cell phone savy, but I don't really enjoy it. When I retire from working. I just may shut myself up in my house and get a landline with no voicemail on it, and a TV antenna. I do like online banking and ATMs.
It seems to me that, other than keeping up with loved ones by email, the whole cable, cell phone, computer technologies just causes me stress that I will want to separate myself from.
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:44 PM
 
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We have a computer and get email, but have never had a cell phone or ATM. Mostly just because we like to keep things as simple as possible. I think cell phones are so expensive and so invasive---but probably good for single people for emergencies. We must be the only people left on the planet that don't have a cell phone.
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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no cell phone here
email, yes
atm-nope
have an answering machine on my land phone but no caller id/call waiting,etc
no tv reception (cable doesn't come out this far and refuse to pay the price for a dish)
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:50 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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At age 65 I started using computers at the Pentagon in 1975, was using the Internet as soon as it was available, owned my first home computer in about 1985 and owned my first cell phone about a year after they became available. I now have a desktop and a laptop, a wireless router for both as well as a smart phone but don't use the latter as a mini-computer. To me, a phone is a phone although the ability to check email does come in handy occasionally - very occasionally. We have several email accounts and we bank and pay our bills online. Very quick and handy. Same with an ATM card. voice mail and caller ID.

Does that mean I'm a relatively "wired-in" old fart, or what?
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Since those of us posting here have to use a computer to do so, we may not be completely representative of seniors, especially of older seniors. I am wondering how many people you know personally who do not have
1. Email
2. A cell phone
3. An ATM card
My mother, who died six years ago at age 90, stubbornly resisted any move in that direction and had none of the three. I currently know three people who do not have email, ages approximately 65, 78, and 90. Except for the 90-year-old, an aunt, I am wondering how unusual this is. Even the homeless could have email and use a public library for access to it.

This is sort of a poll without the actual poll. I didn't set up a poll because I thought the various permutations - what older people don't have and their ages - would be a little too complex to encompass in a poll. Please feel free to expand your answers beyond the three items I listed if you think it makes sense in order to discuss this topic.
I really don't know that many seniors so can't say what they do/don't have but my mom, age 84, has a computer and e-mail. She has good DSL too but doesn't really use the computer the way it was meant to be used. She does a lot of games and letter writing...word processor stuff. She doesn't have a cell phone...neither do I. However, where I work, I see people of ALL ages with cell phones ALL the time.

I have older people who refuse to go along with the stores easier way of doing checks. They don't have to put anything on them, they are printed by the check reader and given back to the customer. But still there are people who insist on going through the entire procedure because that's how they've "always done it". I don't think the older seniors really trust all this new technology. I didn't get my first computer until I was in my mid-50s and, frankly, they scared me a little. Now, 13 years later, it takes a crow bar to get me away from it!!
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Since those of us posting here have to use a computer to do so, we may not be completely representative of seniors, especially of older seniors. I am wondering how many people you know personally who do not have
1. Email
2. A cell phone
3. An ATM card
My mother, who died six years ago at age 90, stubbornly resisted any move in that direction and had none of the three. I currently know three people who do not have email, ages approximately 65, 78, and 90. Except for the 90-year-old, an aunt, I am wondering how unusual this is. Even the homeless could have email and use a public library for access to it.

This is sort of a poll without the actual poll. I didn't set up a poll because I thought the various permutations - what older people don't have and their ages - would be a little too complex to encompass in a poll. Please feel free to expand your answers beyond the three items I listed if you think it makes sense in order to discuss this topic.
I have all of those, what I don't have is a need to inform the world every time I pass gas
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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We have a computer and get email, but have never had a cell phone or ATM. Mostly just because we like to keep things as simple as possible. I think cell phones are so expensive and so invasive---but probably good for single people for emergencies. We must be the only people left on the planet that don't have a cell phone.
No you're not...I don't have one either. I used to have one, a long time ago, but not in years. Don't need one, have no desire to be connected 24/7 although I have thought it would be handy when I go on road trips. So far I've never needed one in an emergency but would get a pay as you go phone if I decided I really should.

I've noticed, at work, whenever there's a group of us on break at the same time, hardly anyone talks. They are all playing with their cell phones.
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Old 10-02-2011, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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no cell phone here
email, yes
atm-nope
have an answering machine on my land phone but no caller id/call waiting,etc
no tv reception (cable doesn't come out this far and refuse to pay the price for a dish)
A cell phone is by far the most essential (the only essential) of the three.

IMO, every senior should carry a charged cell phone on their person at all times. Car accidents, household accidents, being trapped in places like elevators, health emergencies, hiking or walking in remote areas, natural disasters like floods (how many people trapped on a rooftop would have given their eye teeth for a cell phone?) working in a building, etc etc...no way would I be without a cell. Since I've had my cell, it has gotten me out of at least a half-dozen emergencies/

I've canceled my landline, as it is $65/mo with LD. Why have both? The cell is the life-saver. Really elderly folks should have emergency/family numbers programmed as single buttons, and carry the cell in something that allows it to stay on their person.

ATM is personal style, how you prefer to deal with money. Email is a waste of time when it's used to send cute stuff and jokes and baby pictures. Email would be work-related for me, or to communicate with someone at a great distance out of necessity. Internet allows connection to the rest of the world, but if one has to eliminate it because of budget, it can be had at public libraries. For nonwork-related use, it can be a waste of time depending on how used (CD??).

Re: cell phone expense---cheap track phones with purchased minutes are readily available, as an alternative to mainstream cell service.
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Old 10-02-2011, 07:16 PM
 
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I'm 76 on Tuesday, and I have a lap top with internet, a landline with caller ID/call waiting/voice mail, a pay-as-you-go cell phone (only three people have the number), an ATM card, A DVD player, and I read on my Kindle. I use my debit card for most retail transactions, since I'm reluctant to carry cash other than a couple of dollars. Too many miscreants out there taking advantage of older people.

The first cell phone I had was back in the day when they were new and the thing was almost as big as my house phone! When I was working, I used a computer. I had webTV when I first retired, but became disenchanted when MSN bought it and stopped giving upgrades and I went to the lap top. My cell phone goes with me upstairs, in the basement, working in the yard. A fall could be a true emergency and at least I know I can get help. It drives me wild that people will stare at their phones 24/7. If you're not a doctor or a drug dealer, you're not that important.
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